Brighton wear shirts in pre-match warm-up at Brentford as they send message of support to Enock Mwepu

Brighton wear shirts during the pre-match warm-up at Brentford sending a message of support to Enock Mwepu who was forced to retire from professional football due to an inherited heart condition

  • The Brighton midfielder was tragically forced out of the game due to a problem
  • Adam Lallana paid tribute to his team-mate ahead of Friday’s game at Brentford
  • The t-shirts had a tribute to the player as well as Enock Mwepu’s face on them

Brighton wore t-shirts in support of team-mate Enock Mwepu, who was forced out of the game this week, ahead of Friday night’s game at Brentford.

Mwepu, 24, announced his retirement from playing this week after a series of tests revealed an inherited heart condition that put him at significant risk of a fatal cardiac event if he continued to play.

Emerging for their warm-up, the Brighton players donned shirts with the message ‘CHAMBISHI TO THE PREMIER LEAGUE, YOUR DREAM CAME TRUE’. WE ARE ALL WITH YOU.’

The shirts worn by the Brighton players bore Enock Mwepu’s face in addition to his squad number and a message on the front.

Brighton have been rocked by the news this week with Mwepu, a key and popular member of the squad who has started the season in impressive fashion.

Speaking ahead of the match at G-Tech Community Stadium, Adam Lallana told Sky Sports it was “tragic” news and life-changing for the team.

“Obviously tragic news. We found out about it three or four days ago. It gives massive perspective to life and what matters,” he said.

“It gives us more incentive to get three points.”

Pascal Gross performs his pre-match warm-up wearing the shirt in tribute to his teammate

Pascal Gross performs his pre-match warm-up wearing the shirt in tribute to his teammate

Brighton confirmed this week that midfielder Enock Mwepu has been forced out of the game

Brighton confirmed this week that midfielder Enock Mwepu has been forced out of the game

Over the week, various Brighton figures have paid tribute to the midfielder, with chairman Tony Bloom telling Mwepu he will maintain all the “love and support” he needs for his next steps.

“We are all absolutely devastated for Enock. He and his family have been through a traumatic few weeks and while we are grateful he got through this, he saw such a promising career cut short at such a young age,’ he said.

“As a club, we will give him all the love, help and support we can as he makes a full recovery and then as he decides the next steps in his life.”

Meanwhile, Roberto De Zerbi, who only took over the club last month following Graham Potter’s departure from Chelsea, echoed Bloom’s remarks.

The Brighton players donned the shirts ahead of their Friday night game at Brentford

The Brighton players donned the shirts ahead of their Friday night game at Brentford

I’m so sorry for Enock. Before arriving I watched the whole team, and he was a player I was so excited and looking forward to working with,” he said. “We will do everything we can to help him.”

Mwepu, a Zambian international, arrived at Brighton last year and enjoyed an impressive debut campaign for the Seagulls.

He had made six Premier League appearances this season, including Brighton’s famous opening day win at Manchester United. His last appearance for Brighton came in a 5-2 win over Leicester in early September.

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